DETROIT, MI - A candle light vigil is set for Jonathan Robinson who went missing after a traffic stop in Ohio. He was found dead in a creek near Toledo, on Tuesday June 30th, 2020.
The candle light vigil will take place today, Sunday July 5th, 2020, at Henry Ford High School starting at 8:30 p.m.
Jonathan Robinson was last seen in Toledo on June 9th. He and a friend were stopped by police shortly after midnight in a 2012 Chevy Impala. Jonathan was chased by police on foot after they say he ran.
The friend that was with him saw him run down towards a wooded area on Gibbons Street but he had not been seen nor heard from since that time.
Toledo Police told Jonathan's mother that they did not have him in custody and they did not catch him. His girlfriend had also not seen him or had any contact with him since June 8th.
On Tuesday June 30th, the body of Jonathan Robinson was recovered from Swan Creek.
Jonathan is one of two men who went missing after they were involved in traffic stops in the same area.
The first was in January. Daniel Wiggins Jr., 24-years-old, went missing after Toledo Police conducted a traffic stop near the former Libbey High School in south Toledo. Wiggins went missing on January 22nd after fleeing a traffic stop in the south Toledo neighborhood near Swan Creek. His body was recovered while looking for Jonathan Robinson.
Kayakers found Wiggins' body in Swan Creek on Saturday.
Details in the disappearance of Jonathan Robinson
In the early morning hours of June 10th, 2020, Toledo police stopped a vehicle for running a red light. Police say the driver did not immediately pull over and continued driving before striking a parked car on Gibbons Street.
Upon finally stopping, the driver of the car fled on foot when asked for his identification, according to police.
One officer chased the man who fled, jumped a fence, and fled into the woods where the officer lost sight of him. The other officer stayed with the vehicle and communicated over the police radio that his partner was in a foot pursuit.
Three additional people in the car, including a 14-year old girl, all provided different names for the driver. The car was registered to a woman with a Ypsilanti address and was towed for being involved in a hit/skip accident.
On June 20th, Kimberly Robinson spoke to the Telephone Reporting Unit and reported her son, Jonathan Robinson, was missing. She stated that her son was involved in a hit/skip accident.
Missing Persons Detective Muszynski spoke with Ms. Robinson on June 22nd. Robinson advised that she had not seen or heard from Jonathan and that he had only been in Toledo for a short time.
On June 24th, Detective Muszynski spoke with Megan Klempner in the 100 block Gibbons. Klempner said she was a friend of Robinson’s for two days and that he told her he was staying in the downtown area. Klempner was in the vehicle on June 10th.
The detective also spoke with neighbors who stated they did not hear or see anything in relation to a missing person. The detective also checked with the Cherry Street Mission to see if Robinson was seen there, but he was not.
On June 25th, the detective again spoke with Robinson and she was told a search was being held that day. Toledo police searched the area from Gibbons and Chester, and Hillside and Chester, and behind the railroad tracks. The search continued on the opposite side of Western in the area of Walbridge and Dale then followed along the creek back to Western.
The next day, Black Swamp Search and Rescue joined Toledo police in the search.
The search and rescue group also brought three cadaver canines. The deployment report stated that no human remains were detected in the search area. All three canine teams showed interested in the creek but no definitive indication was given. Robinson was advised of the search results.
Also that same say, the Cherry Street Mission was checked again. The detective then checked a police database which would indicate if Robinson would have been arrested by another jurisdiction. The database still showed an outstanding warrant out of Michigan for Robinson, meaning he had not been arrested by another jurisdiction.
On June 29th, the city of Toledo administration ordered an assessment of the Swan Creek area in order to determine a plan for the area to be cleared of brush and debris to better facilitate a search.
On June 30th, a City of Toledo Sewers and Drainage employee located the deceased person in the water and called 911. Toledo Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and removed the body. An autopsy will be completed by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.
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